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Sumana Roy


Roy is a poet and author

Monica Ghosh, my mother-in-law: On Mother’s Day, writer-poet Sumana Roy on discovering the unorthodox woman
Sun, May 08, 2022

A woman of agency, a lover of music and a feminist in spirit, she cared neither for saccharine femininity nor for conventions but she could draw people close to her -- like a tree

Understanding our DIY fame culture
Fri, Jan 14, 2022

🔴 Sumana Roy writes: Once upon a time, one could be just a noun: ‘Professor’. That isn’t enough anymore and the adjectives must be worn like the medals on an army man

For long, Indian English literary establishment has enforced a culture that can only be called Brahminical
Sat, Dec 19, 2020

The career of the “literary” has not been very different from the Brahmin’s protectionism of the mantra, an inheritance kept out of the reach of the non-Brahmin. One of the ways in which this has been done in the last hundred years is through anthologies that create — and reiterate — the idea and the habitat of the literary.

Home is where the work is: Writers and their workstations
Wed, Apr 29, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic makes work-from-home the new normal, a look at the workspaces of people who have always functioned in isolation -- writers. For Sumana Roy, the bed is her home and studio.

Lockdown verse: Sumana Roy and Aditi Angiras reflect on the current times
Sun, Apr 19, 2020

Lockdown verse, as the name suggests, is a series consisting of poems introspecting, examining and reflecting on the times we are living in. This week we have one poem each from Sumana Roy and Aditi Angiras.

Rain Crust
Tue, Aug 13, 2019

'I want to be free of climate, of weather...'

The Warmest Colour
Sat, Aug 03, 2019

Vinod Kumar Shukla’s literary universe is lit up by a culture of slowness and shyness

The Stubbornness of Soil
Sun, Dec 30, 2018

When all the elements have been poisoned, it remains — fighting plastic and our indifference, dying and living, renewing itself and life.

The Geography of Sorrow and Bliss
Sun, Dec 16, 2018

Travel with two poets across vast landscapes of love, loss and jaw-dropping beauty.

The Age of Sitayana
Sun, Nov 04, 2018

As we hear the voices of Sitas emerge from below the earth around us at last, it might be a moment of shift in history.

Five or Six Mangoes: How does one remember a tree without fruit?
Sun, Apr 22, 2018

How does one remember a tree without fruit? Aamer pallab — that beautiful phrase for the collective of mango leaves; our mango tree became its supplier in the neighbourhood.

Unaccustomed Earth: A tiny town named Siliguri in north Bengal
Tue, Apr 17, 2018

Siliguri, a tiny town in north Bengal: The novel of place is, perhaps, only a novel of people, those whom literature and art have chosen to imagine as ‘background’, people outside the spotlight.

Raindrops keep falling on my head: How do you teach an infant the language of the rains?
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

The monsoon is the greatest show on the subcontinent. From the hilsa on our plate to the malhar on our lips, from the farmer aching for rain to the poets who find their muse. But first, how do you teach an infant the language of the rains?

Those Were the Days, My Friend
Sat, Apr 22, 2017

Not only is Amit Chaudhuri’s latest book a hat tip to the historical novel, it is also living history

‘The Cosmopolitans’ Book Review: Nostalgia Must Die
Sat, Aug 15, 2015

In between this new and news, always stale and arriviste, history and tradition, religion and the secular, patentable individualism and tradition-drugged “folk”, falls the shadow of The Cosmopolitans.